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The Arab American National Museum, Arab Film and Media Institute, and ArteEast, in partnership with Doha Film Institute, are pleased to celebrate and showcase the work of famed Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman. Throughout his career, Elia directed four feature films -Chronicle Of A Disappearance (1996), Divine Intervention (2002), The Time That Remains (2008), It Must Be Heaven (2019) - all of which we are pleased to have available for our audiences! The films are Video-On-Demand style, so guests can view these films at their leisure and on their own time.

To make this experience complete, we are pleased to host a live, virtual talkback with Elia Suleiman on May 23rd at 3 pm EST, moderated by AFMI's Yasmina Tawil.

Films made available for individual viewing from 12 a.m. EDT Friday, May 21, 2021, to 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 30, 2021.

Please note: These films are accessible to viewers located in the United States of America, Canada and Palestine.

Filmmaker's Bio:

Born in Nazareth in 1960, Palestinian filmmaker and Doha Film Institute’s Artistic Advisor, Elia Suleiman directed his first two short films while living in New York between 1981-1993. In 1994, Suleiman returned to Jerusalem to create a Film and Media Department at Birzeit University. His feature debut, ‘Chronicle of a Disappearance’, won the Best First Film award at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. In 2002, ‘Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Foreign Film prize at the European Awards in Rome. His feature, ‘The Time That Remains’, screened in competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. 

His latest feature “It Must Be Heaven” screened in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and was the winner of the Jury Special Mention and FIPRESCI Critics’ Award.

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The Time That Remains

Synopsis: At the time of the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, during the final hours before the surrender of Nazareth, Fuad - a member of the Palestinian resistance is separated from Thurayya, the love of his life. She flees the conflict, traveling to Jordan with her family, but Fuad is captured before being able to escape. Years pass. Arrested and accused of smuggling arms, he encounters Thurayya again at the police station. Nazareth is undergoing a period of extreme political upheaval: the desire to regain and reassert a national identity - is growing. Thurayya's brother appears at Fuad's house during a riot. Elia's aged mother is tended by a Filipino nurse. A cop is madly in love with the nurse, who has made him her domestic slave. Rather than arresting Elia, the cop is the first to welcome him. Everything is an absurdity, and Elia struggles to make sense of it all, but in vain. Is it Elia who carries Palestine with him wherever he goes, or is it Palestine that is spreading throughout the rest of the world?

  • Year
  • Runtime
    105 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, Hebrew, English
  • Rating
  • Director
    Elia Suleiman
  • Screenwriter
    Elia Suleiman
  • Producer
    Michael Gentile
  • Executive Producer
    Elia Suleiman
  • Co-Producer
    Hani Farsi
  • Cast
    Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Samar Qudha Tanus, Shafika Bajjali, Tarek Qubti
  • Cinematographer
    Marc-André Batigne
  • Editor
    Véronique Lange